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Merrie Beth Herndon-Crotts, age 64

Merrie Beth Herndon-Crotts, 64, of Jacksonville passed away on September 20, 2020.  She was born on December 6, 1955 in Miami, Florida to the late James R., Jr., and Donna Colleen (Currey) Herndon.

She was a loving wife, sister and friend.  She was instrumental in the operation of the first Hospice Inpatient Facility in the state of Arkansas.  This facility was located in a leased wing of the Towbin Healthcare Center at Veteran Association, Fort Roots, North Little Rock, Arkansas. She led, educated and mentored staff members in providing end of life care. She worked tirelessly to fulfill the mission of Arkansas Hospice, allowing patients to live their final days in comfort and dignity. Merrie Beth’s service, compassion, and dedication to hospice care inspired so many others.

She is preceded in death by her beloved fur-babies Lucky and Febe.

Merrie Beth leaves behind her loving, husband of 40 years, Dan Crotts; her fur-babies Smokey and Bandit; her brother Jason Herndon (Susan) of Houston, Texas; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The family would like to Thank and acknowledge the hard work and care of Arkansas Hospice.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400



  • Kathy Conrade Posted September 26, 2020 6:15 PM

    One of my beat friends, she willl be missed. I have some great memories. My love and prayers for Dan and the family.

  • Kathy Conrade Posted September 26, 2020 6:17 PM

    Prayers and love for Dan and Family. Beth was one of my bast friends .

  • Pat Gire Posted September 27, 2020 7:04 AM

    Danny, my deepest sympathy .

  • Ursula and Marty Isaacs Posted September 27, 2020 7:44 AM

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    The Isaacs Family

  • Martha (Cole) Thorpe Posted September 27, 2020 10:18 AM

    Prayers of comfort for the family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Britt Reynolds Posted September 27, 2020 1:13 PM

    My love to family and friends. Rest in peace sweet, wonderful lady.

  • Alfred L. Flowers Sr Posted September 27, 2020 3:57 PM

    I met Beth Crotts in 1981 @ Doctors Hospital in little Rock 😢😢 simply a joyful personality 💔 prayers for you Danny🙏🏿🙏🏿

  • Dave Osborne Posted September 27, 2020 4:39 PM

    RIP sweet lady and true friend. You will be missed by all that knew you.

  • Vicky McElwrath Posted September 27, 2020 5:52 PM

    Danny, I was so sad to hear about Merrie Beth. My mother saw the obituary in the paper. I thought about you all real hard when I saw the sign about the swap meet at Petit Jean. I knew you all went to those. Merrie Beth and I talked about them since she and I married car guys. She was the best mentor for me when I got into hospice and the best boss. I know she will be truly missed, but never forgotten.

  • Tracy holden Posted September 27, 2020 7:51 PM

    Love you Beth and miss you. Great friend. Praying for Danny..

  • Jan Marsh Posted September 28, 2020 12:09 PM

    Oh my dear Beth, rest in love, as I cherish our many memories. The last time we ran into each other; is still very special to me. I still wear the earrings you snatched off and gave me that matched the necklace I had on that my late husband gave me😢Love you…

  • Laura Hardy Posted September 28, 2020 12:21 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Beth was a firecracker who did great things with her time here. ♥️

  • Rachel Hawkins Posted September 28, 2020 12:22 PM

    Mary Beth was a joy to be around. My prayers go out to the family in their loss.

  • Mike Hayes Posted September 28, 2020 4:27 PM

    Danny, I am so sorry to hear this. The times I saw her she was so cheerful and open and welcoming. She made me feel like a friend. You have my deepest sympathy. I will pray for you and all who knew her.

  • Linda Counts Posted September 28, 2020 4:56 PM

    I’ve known Beth since Jr High, a few years ago we reconnected st a 4th of July party, still the chatty & sweet Beth. RIP Beth. Thoughts & prayers for her family.

  • Gale McClain Posted September 30, 2020 5:15 PM

    Danny, I am so sad to hear of Beths passing. Beth was part of the Pine Tree Loop girls and will always hold a special place in my heart, we shared so many memories that I will treasure always. God Bless you and Yours.

  • Daniel and Betty Taylor Posted September 30, 2020 5:55 PM

    Always enjoyed spending time with Beth and Danny. You will be missed.

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